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2014 Howell Mountain Zinfandel

2014 Howell Mountain Zinfandel

94 "Year's Best US Zinfandel" - Wine & Spirits 
(Last 25 Cases)


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About This Wine:
Black Sears Vineyard is located just past the gate of our Howell Mountain winery, sandwiched between our two Howell Mountain Estate Vineyards. As always, Black Sears produced something quite spectacular in 2014. Though it was yet another drought year, 2014 was marked by being somewhat unremarkable, in that everything happened like clockwork – budbreak, flowering, fruit set, shoot growth and veraison – all right on time. The 2014 shows what Zin can do on Howell Mountain; it’s extremely dense, with great power and depth. 

Year’s Best U.S. Zinfandel
“Joyce Black and Jerre Sears moved to Howell Mountain in 1979, settling at a ranch on a northeast-facing ridge where zinfandel had been planted in 1975. Robert Craig established a neighboring winery on the ridge in 1998, where Elton Slone and his team began making a Black Sears Zinfandel in 2006. Presented with the dense extract and rich new oak to parallel the ambitions of a Napa Valley cabernet, this succeeds in a grand and powerful style. The fruit is expansive enough that is subsumes the oak influence into its volcanic minerality, bringing to mind obsidian as the grape-skin tannins add a glint of tension to the finish. Scents of roses and bay laurel provide detail within the wine's depths. This has a decade of development ahead. (375 cases)”
Luke Sykora, Wine & Spirits

BLEND: 78% Zinfandel, 22% Petit Sirah
HARVEST DATES: September 15 - 23, 2014
AVERAGE SUGAR: 24.8° Brix | ALCOHOL: 14.4%
PH: 3.59 | TA: 6.3g/L
BARREL AGING: 18 months French oak (40% new); unfiltered & unfined
BOTTLING DATE: May 6, 2016
PRICE: CA SRP $55.00

Wine Profile:
Vintage: 2014
Wine Type: Red Wine
Varietal: Zinfandel
Appellation: Napa Valley








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